Music

Music Courses & Classes in London and Online

We offer a wide range of piano, singing and instrumental workshops from complete beginners to advanced standard, daytime, evening or weekend. We also offer music production, music theory, history, singing and choirs, orchestra and jazz ensembles.

Choosing your course

Based in the heart of Covent Garden, we have two Model D Steinway pianos, Yamaha acoustic pianos and two suites of digital pianos. Music students have access to practice rooms for the duration of their course and we use the latest versions of Sibelius, Logic and Max/MSP for our music technology courses.

Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Expert tutors

Our classes are taught by professional performers and practitioners, many of whom also teach at leading London universities and music conservatoires. We also offer advanced piano masterclasses with visiting performers and professors each year. Please refer to individual course outlines for individual staff biographies.

Studying at City Lit

City Lit students have a proud history of learning an instrument or singing from scratch as well as studying more advanced courses such as music theory exams, and preparing for advanced piano diplomas. Many of our jazz students form ensembles together and we frequently organise concerts and recitals in and around Central London.

Find a course

Browse our range of music courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit.

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  1. Introduction to music production
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Feb 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Come and learn the basics of recording and editing so that you can turn your musical ideas into completed songs you can share!
    Full fee £149.00
  2. Mixing and music production techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Ideal if you know the basics of music production but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices.
    Full fee £179.00
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  3. Music theory: fugue writing
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Study the structure of basic fugues from the 18th century and learn to write your own fugue. This course balances analysis with practical compositional techniques. Scheduled break weeks: 1, 8,15 April and bank holiday mondays 6, 27 May 2024.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  4. Viola workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Focus on technique and musicianship especially for viola: on playing on the C string, reading alto clef fluently, left-hand work and more. For viola players, and violin players who wish to add an extra string to their bow!
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  5. Orchestra workshop
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey, Trish Shaw
    A fun, intensive workshop for players of orchestral instruments of Grade 6 level upwards, with good music reading skills. Please click the 'Start interview' button to apply.
    Full fee £99.00
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  6. Ukulele ensemble
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Wheatley
    An ensemble ukulele class with individual parts. For experienced players who read chord symbols and tablature, although tab reading is not a mandatory requirement. Challenging and fun - the music/repertoire will be tailored to your various abilities.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £97.00
  7. Great works: Stabat mater from plainchant to Pärt
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    This course examines a core Latin Christian hymn text, Stabat mater dolorosa, which has received dozens of musical settings over eight centuries, from the 13th century to the present day. Why does this particular text hold such fascination for composers, and how has its meaning been interpreted through music?
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  8. Ukulele 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Wheatley
    For ukulele players who have completed a term of study or have command of the basics. Refine your technique, get a better understanding of fretboard navigation, and learn to play new songs.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £97.00
  9. Saxophone 4
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    For experienced saxophone players, come and extend your technique, musicianship and performance skills in this advanced workshop. The emphasis will be on playing jazz, pop and World music, solo and as an ensemble, developing musicianship skills, and improvisation.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £132.00
  10. Folk and pop guitar: advanced
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Experienced and able players may join our advanced level class for contemporary guitar study. Live sessions on Zoom.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £132.00
  11. Sing jazz 3
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Zakian
    A performance class for singers who have completed Sing jazz 1 and 2. Develop and maintain your vocal technique, jazz and blues style, presentation of repertoire, and learn relevant musicianship.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £167.00
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  12. City Lit Big Band
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Henry
    Our ensemble for proficient jazz players to improve and maintain sight reading and section work, playing music from the classic era of Big Bands plus contemporary and original arrangements. Contact the Music department to enquire about availability of a place for your instrument and to arrange your audition.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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